Program of Studies

Program of Studies – I 20 Students

The goal of Language Exchange, is to provide every student the opportunity to excel in the learning of English as a second Language.  Our program has an excellent curriculum and a well-designed program taught by qualified professional teachers whose goal and mission is to guide every student to succeed.  Students need to focus on their classwork and assignments and realize the importance of putting forth the effort, the energy and the desire to learn.  We guarantee every student registered in our ESL program the very finest education possible.
  1. The Program of Studies offers the following Levels of intense English as a Second Language:  Introduction, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3,   Level 4, Level 5, Level 6a,6b,6c.  [After a student has completed Level V, they have the option to enroll in one of the three courses offered at the advanced level, either (6a- English for Academic Purpose (EAP), (6b) English for Business Purposes (EBP) or (6c) English for Hospitality and Tourism (EHT)  These three courses are offered at the same level in terms of language skills, however each course offers a different tract or content.  After a student completes one of the three courses at the Advanced Level, the student is considered to have completed the program assuming they have demonstrated Satisfactory Academic Achievement of the student learning outcomes at the highest level.  However, should a student wish to take the courses with alternate content, the student may complete a course request form.  Upon approval by the Academic Coordinator, the student will be allowed to register for the alternative courses at the Advance Level. If approved the student will take 6a, 6b, 6c courses.
  2. To remain in the Program, students must demonstrate “Satisfactory Academic Progress”.  This means that a student must pass all courses with a minimum grade of 70% – 79% (C) or better.  The grading systems is as follows:  A=90%-100%: B=80%-89%: C=70%-79%:  D=60%-69%.
  3. A student who should fail to achieve the minimum 70% (C) in a course, will have ONE opportunity to repeat the same course and to achieve the 70% grade.  If a student should fail to achieve “Satisfactory Academic Progress” after two attempts, the student will be asked to leave the program.  To help students, the school provides  a ‘pull-out” program of Tutoring for students who are not achieving “Satisfactory Academic Progress”.  This program occurs during the regular class time, at no cost to the student.  As stated previously, the Goal and the Mission of this school is to see every student succeed.
  4. Students are reminded, that over the length of their enrollment at Language Exchange International, a student can only take advantage of the opportunity to repeat a course ONE (1) time and,  there can be no more than THREE (3) courses repeated.  Any student reaching a FOURTH (4th) time, will be dismissed from the program.
  5. A student who successfully achieves a grade of 70% or higher in both Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking courses has demonstrated that they have achieved the Student Learning Outcomes for that level and will be advanced to the next level at the beginning of the following term.  Success!
  6. Each of the Levels as noted in paragraph #1, take a total of 16 weeks to complete.  A Grade/Progress Report is issued at the 8th week and the 16th week of the course.
  7. If a student entered the Program of Studies at the Introductory Level, had not repeated courses and, took both elective courses (6a and 6b), the entire program will take 32 months.  If a student repeats a maximum of THREE course, the entire program will take 42 months (3.5 years).  
  8. Students who utilize the 1 week vacation for every 3 months in attendance are provided an opportunity to makeup all work.  During the year the school calendar has allowed for 4 weeks that school is closed due to individual holidays and days of observances as well as a winter and spring break. The actually class-time is 48 weeks per year.   
  9. The school will publish a calendar of the 16 week sessions in advance so that students can plan their earned vacation time.  The school recommends that students DO NOT take vacation time DURING the 16 week session but rather take the earned vacation AFTER the end of a session and before moving on to the next 16 week session.  
Language Exchange International offers 9 levels of instruction, labeled from Introduction to Level 6a, 6b and 6c. Expected proficiency and achievement is explained in the table below. The scale below summarizes the student learning outcomes which you should achieve at the end of a level. Your progress report will indicate the level that you have completed.
Level Intro
Low Beginner
By the end of this level, the students will be able to read and understand basic expressions and short, simple texts, engage in simple oral communications in order to provide and obtain essential information, through the use of WH questions and appropriate pronunciation and vocabulary. The student will also be able to write basic, simple sentences leading to a paragraph, and demonstrate limited control of essential grammatical structures.
Level 1
By the end of this level, the students will be able to read and understand simple texts and a range of high frequency vocabulary in context. They will also be able to participate in conversations and talk about aspects of personal and everyday life, using appropriate stress, intonation, and rhythm of speech, and understand simple, spoken texts on familiar topics. They will also learn to write simple cohesive paragraphs on familiar topics and demonstrate some control of grammatical structures with few inconsistencies.
Level 2
Low Intermediate
By the end of this level the students will be able to read and understand the main ideas of a variety of texts, participate effectively in short conversations using appropriate language and understand the main ideas in short oral communications, and prepare and deliver short impromptu presentations, using descriptive language and adequate use of grammar.. Likewise, they will be able to produce a range of text types using coherent and cohesive paragraphs in an adequately developed response and demonstrate control of a range of grammatical structures with minor inconsistencies.
Level 3
By the end of this course the students will be able to read and understand a wide variety of extended texts, as well as listen to, understand, and identify general and specific information in listening passages and lectures. In the same manner, they will be able to participate in extended conversations while articulating ideas and opinions and demonstrating fluency. They will also develop the ability to construct a range of coherent and cohesive texts with two or more paragraphs in a fully developed response and demonstrate consistent control of a wide range of grammatical structures.
Level 4
High Intermediate
By the end of this course the students will be able to read and understand the main ideas of complex texts, while understanding the details, tone and purpose of the writer. The students will also be able to participate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity in conversations, with a level of fluency that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. They will also develop the skills to produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue.
Level 5
By the end of this level the students will be able to read a wide range of more demanding and longer texts on a variety of topics, and exhibit an understanding of literal and implicit meaning, sentiment and facts. They will also be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions, while using language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Additionally, they will produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts on complex subjects, showing a controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices, including the ability to use a variety of sentence structures and cite sources clearly.
By the end of this level the students will be able to read and understand with ease virtually everything they read on a variety of academic topics. They will be able to identify and infer main ideas and details in long academic texts, as well as develop the skills to summarize information in a manner that can be presented to a group or audience.  In addition, they will be exposed to a variety of spoken sources, allowing them to develop the skills to reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent manner, and express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


By the end of this level the students will be able to read and understand with ease virtually any text or spoken source (lecture, presentation or conversation) on a variety of business-related topics. They will be able to identify and infer main ideas and summarize information from different sources such as case studies, newspapers, websites, journals, etc., while at the same time differentiate ideas, opinions and facts. They will develop the necessary skills to write effective business e-mails and memos for a range of purposes, using qualities such as readability, clarity and accuracy.
Additionally, they will be able to demonstrate control of content vocabulary and basic syntactical patterns, reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent manner, and express themselves spontaneously and fluently. This will allow them to argue persuasively while clarifying information for better understanding, responding to questions, comments and objections by elaborating properly.
  • Questions about the program should be directed to the Academic Coordinator, Hernando Cadena at the following email address: